Some say reason is a blind guide and it will take you away from truth. Some fundamentalists would have you believe that reason involves denying the existence of God. This is probably because atheists usually base their arguments upon reason. Of course the fundamentalists are usually making their arguments without reason, purely upon faith.
Unfortunately both sides are usually practicing neither reason nor faith, but are instead simply propagating the mind viruses they have been infected with.
The power of reason…
The dictionary defines reason as the ground, principle, or motive of anything said or done; the final cause. It is the faculty of intelligence in man that separates us from the lower life forms.
You can make the argument that reason is an encompassing enough word to even stand for truth. In Archbishop Trench’s celebrated work on words he said. Reason and Word “are so essentially one and the same that the Greek language has one word for them both.” He is saying the word of God is the reason of God.
Interestingly enough, some translations of Lao-tze’s Tao use the word reason. In fact, some Chinese translations of the New Testament state, “In the beginning was the Tao.”
The true essence of reason has nothing to do with ephemeral opinions, but with established truth. If you possess the faculty of pure reason, you reject mind viruses, recognize all preconceived opinions as worthless, and avoid the propensity for prejudice.
Instead of attempting to prove or disprove, you process both sides of the equation, carefully and dispassionately weighing each extreme, to come to truth.
This doesn’t mean you are immune to emotion or spirit…
The person of reason still experiences their emotions, but they are discerning enough to look into the causes that are creating them. They also know that spiritual things must be spiritually discerned, and realize this is a natural and logical process for understanding the way Infinite Intelligence operates.
Reason is what separates man from blindly following his animalistic inclinations. While there is a higher consciousness than reason, reason is the bridge that will take you there.
So how do you process and arrive at your truth? Especially about emotional subjects like religion. Have you actually done the critical thinking using your capacity for reason – or have you just replicated mind viruses without even realizing you are infected with them? Please share your thoughts below.
P.S. After 19 hours of flying, I’ve landed in Moscow. Such a fascinating place. The picture is to show you how modern and growing the city is becoming. That is the view from the Mirax Plaza building